Gong Xi Fa Cai

Happy Lunar New Year


Our Welcome Back to our Sunshine Art Workshops coincided with this years Lunar New Year. The Year of the Snake was fairly prominent in our group and with its link to prosperity and luck and we thought it fitting to practice some Chinese Brush Painting.


Learn Chinese brush painting

 Chinese brush painting is fun to do and a great way to learn a new painting technique.


What You Need:

  • Chinese painting to reference
  • Rice paper
  • Bamboo brush
  • Water
  • Black ink



Find an image of a Chinese brush painting to use as a reference, for example, a painting of bamboo stalks, plum trees or birds.

Lay the rice paper onto a flat surface.

Dip the bamboo brush hairs in clean water, saturating the hairs from tip to base.

Lightly dip the tip of the brush in black ink, so that the bottom half of the brush is blackened with ink but the top is clean.


Look at your Chinese brush painting image reference to determine the separate brush strokes used within that painting.

Hold the brush in your hand so that the handle is more horizontal than vertical.

Pick a brush stroke used in your reference image to copy.

Drag the brush slowly, moving your arm instead of your wrist, to create one long stroke, never lifting the brush from the paper until the stroke is complete.

Change the positioning of the brush as you move across the paper without lifting the brush.

Dip the brush in water and repeat the process.

Use single brush strokes until you have completed the painting.


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Edible Art -YUM

IMG_1508There is always pleasure in eating what you make and when its sweet and crunchy and pretty – there is not much better.


We bought some delicious biscuits (cookies) from Ikea but you could definetly make your own and then set about decorating them with Royal Fondant Icing. Again you could make this but we purchased this one.

You also need

baking paper to work on

extra icing sugar to prevent the icing from sticking to your baking paper

rolling pins and cookie shapes and cutters

gel icing tubes

silver cachous

small bowl of water

We showed our artist how to add a very small amount of food colour and to knead the icing to mix it thoroughly and how to mix and marble several colour together.




It was important to very lightly brush the icing with water and apply the biscuit to the icing a press softly – this allowed the icing to stick to the biscuit


Adding  gel icing and shiny cachouls just made the works of art.


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It’s all about the GOO!


The tactile nature of mixing and pouring and stiring gives such pleasure to kids. We have made Goo/Slime in our workshops previously but this activity was welcomed again with great enthusiasm.



250ml bottle of clear glue

1/2 cup of warm water

1 teaspoon of Borax

2-3 drops of food colouring

Air tight container and markers


We began our activity by decorating our Slimy Goo containers. We also made several batches of Slimy Goo so we could experiment with colours and share them with each other.

Then it was time to mix!



Empty the glue into a bowl and add the desired food colouring. Mix the borax and water in a cup. Add the borax mixture to the coloured glue, stir and watch the reaction. Within seconds  you’ll feel the long strands of molecules starting to connect. It’s time to abandon the spoon and use your hands to do the serious mixing. Keep adding the Borax solution to the glue mixture (don’t stop mixing) until you get a perfect batch of  slime.


Did You Know….

The history of Silly Putty is quite amusing. In 1943 James Wright, an engineer, was attempting to create a synthetic rubber. He was unable to achieve the properties he was looking for and put his creation (later to be called Silly Putty) on the shelf as a failure. A few years later, a salesman for the Dow Corning Corporation was using the putty to entertain some customers. One of his customers became intrigued with the putty and saw that it had potential as a new toy. In 1957, after being endorsed on the “Howdy Doody Show”, Silly Putty became a toy fad. Recently new uses such as a grip strengthener and as an art medium have been developed. Silly Putty even went into space on the Apollo 8 mission. The polymers in Silly Putty have covalent bonds within the molecules, but hydrogen bonds between the molecules. The hydrogen bonds are easily broken. When small amounts of stress are slowly applied to the putty, only a few bonds are broken and the putty “flows.” When larger amounts of stress are applied quickly, there are many hydrogen bonds that break, causing the putty to break or tear.

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Lets make great art!

lets make great art







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Kids APT7 on Tour


Gallery 1January 14 – January 19, 2013Kids’ APT7 on Tour

Mon 14 – Sat 19 Jan
Drop-in activities 11.00am – 1.00pm daily
Gallery 1
No RSVP required
Ages: 3-12 years

Children and families are invited to  participate in Kids’ APT7 on Tour, an exciting holiday program of artist projects and activities developed by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s (QAGOMA) Children’s Art Centre.

Through participating in Kids’ APT7 on Tour, children and families can experience the diverse contemporary art styles of artists from across the Asia Pacific region, through drawing activities, multimedia interactives and animation. Children can make a street style mask, help to illustrate their favourite meal, create a comic strip and participate in some cool multimedia artworks.

This rich program, touring throughout Queensland in early 2013, celebrates The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) exhibition on display at QAGOMA in Brisbane, until 14 April 2013.

There is something creative for everyone — so come along and join the fun!

Introducing Pong Pongan, the hermit crab. He is the Kids’ APT7 on Tour mascot and is looking forwarding to seeing you here at Gold Coast City Gallery!



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Thats a great EYEdear!

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Lots of fun was had making this as our New Years Day surprise.  I waited with great anticipation for the first little visitor to the fridge!




originally from http://funforepkids.com/2012/03/april-fools-day-ideas-for-kids/

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6 Fun Ways to Recycle Christmas Cards

Mudpies & Sunshine blog has so many fabulous ideas and this one is a wonderful way to think ahead and organise an activity for next Christmas.

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